The Damnable Questionby George Dangerfield
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Ireland holds fiercely to her identity. Starting with the Act of Union in the 1800s, historian George Dangerfield dives into the "Irish Question." Dealing with such events as the Easter Rising and the famine, The Damnable Question explains Ireland's intense patriotism even after so many people immigrated to the United States.
Irish men and women have a tendency to live in their past, to cherish and to nurse it, because it is a past of indignities and oppressions, and has a more visceral and more poignant character to them than the English past has to their English neighbors. . . . Thus the English think that the Irish sense of the past is redundant: in the sense that the Irish are always waking it up in order to sing it to sleep. Here the English are quite wrong, and yet they have very powerful reasons for being quite wrong: and I hope that this study will in some measure reveal these reasons. - George Dangerfield
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